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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

While at their winter camp at Wood River, Illinois, Ordway and McNeal were unable to return to the fort and had spent the night outdoors. The keelboat is now floating above the river bank, and Clark's illness continues.

From the journals...

a fine morning, the river Still riseing, the Missouries run with fine Ice, the Boat is afloat, one man McNeal out last night, he Sepperated from the hunting party about 7 miles from this place, he returnd this evening    Sgt. Ordday was also lost all night

William Clark

Frozen Missouri River

Frozen Missouri River

Photo by the National Park Service.